How Apartment Dwellers Can Keep Pests at Bay


People who live in apartment blocks need to be extra vigilant about pest control because a lapse by one person can create a lingering problem for the entire apartment complex. This article discusses some of the measures that you can agree upon in order to keep pests at bay in your apartment complex.

Use of Sealable Garbage Containers

Garbage bags and bins can be attractive to a wide range of pests, such as cockroaches and squirrels. This is because those pests can easily find what to eat in those containers. It is therefore helpful for you to agree that all your garbage should only be kept in sealable containers. This will deny the pests access to the items inside those containers. It is also good to empty those garbage containers every few days so that pests aren't attracted by the smells that may start coming from the decomposing garbage.

Minimise Moisture Accumulation

Pests can also be kept at bay if each tenant in the apartment complex prevents moisture from accumulating within his or her apartment. For example, each person should check underneath the sinks in the apartment in order to confirm that moisture isn't collecting there. Any moisture in that place can attract different pests, such as cockroaches. Water leaks should also be fixed promptly before they give rise to a pest infestation.

Pay Attention to Pet Bowls

Pet bowls often contain food for an extended duration. Such pet food can also feed any pests that are in the vicinity. It is therefore a good habit to clean the bowls as soon as the pets have been fed. Any spills of food or water around the pet bowls should also be cleaned up so that pests aren't attracted to them.

Frequent, Thorough Cleaning

Each tenant in the apartment block should thoroughly clean his or her apartment on a regular basis, such as once every three months. This cleaning exercise will help to get rid of any dirt accumulations that can habour pests, such as bedbugs and cockroaches. One can also notice some deterioration in the apartment, such as wall cracks, during the cleaning session. Any deterioration can then be fixed so that it doesn't provide an entry point for pests.

The measures above may help to prevent some pest infestations. However, they will not be effective in dealing with a current pest problem. Pest control experts may need to be called in so that the entire apartment block is treated against those particular pests. This holistic approach is likely to give better results than when an individual treats his or her apartment only.


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